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Gérard Diaz French Iris Pencil Drawing

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Gérard Diaz rectangular pencil on paper French drawing  signed and titled “Iris”,1988

Period 1988Height 11.81 inWidth 12.58 inDepth 0.39 in Categories , Tags , , , ,


This drawing is a view of a garden. In the background, we see a high base topped by a statue of a 19th-century figure along with other architectural ruins. Central to the composition is a leafy tree with a leaning trunk. The beautiful flowering iris plant in the foreground gave the drawing its title. The iris has a very long history, as it was known even at the time of the ancient Egyptians and other ancient peoples. It is well documented that in Europe the iris’s rhizome was used as a linen perfume. It was named for Iris, the Greek messenger of the gods, who according to Greek mythology, had wings of gold shining with dew, which when lit by the sun rays were decked with all the colors of the rainbow. Also according to this legend, Iris was Juno’s favorite goddess because she only bore good news. Juno decided to reward her by turning her into the iris (the rainbow) which was said to be the link between heaven and earth.  

Technical Details

Materials Pencil on paperColor White, greyTecnica Pencil drawingPeriod 1988Creatore Gérard DiazOrigin FranceConditions Excellent conditions, wear consistent with age and use
Height 11.81 inWidth 12.58 inDepth 0.39 in

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